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Earth History of Asia- II October 31 - November 3, Niigata, Japan
Middle Permian tectono-sedimentary history with biotic reaction of the
Southern Kitakami Terrane, northeast Japan
Graduate School of Science and Technology, Niigata University, Niigata 950-2181, Japan
[email protected] sc.niigata-u. acjp
Prior to the near-complete elimination of terrestrial and marine biota at the
end-Permian, marine shelly biota, mainly benthic animals such as bryozoans,
brachiopods, gastropods, bivalves, trilobites and fusulmes, suffered severe damage in
the Guadalupian Epoch of the Middle Permian, the so-called Guadalupian extinctions
(Stanley and Yang, 1994). It has been suggested that the extinction was caused by
oceanic anoxia, mode of climatic oscillations, tectonically activated paleogeographical
rearrangements and volcanisms, while it still remains controversy. Apart from the
geological and climatic arguments, extinction is a manifestation that organisms could
not adapt to a newly emerged habitat as a result of environmental changes. Thus
understanding the environmental history with biotic reaction could expand our
knowledge of the global event of the Middle Permian mass extinction. The aim of this
presentation is to exemplify the transition of sedimentary environments and their
organism-related responses in the active margin setting of the Middle Permian in the
Southern Kitakami Massif (see Shnno et al., 201 1).
In the Kamiyasse area, the Middle Permian sequence is subdivided into three
formations; the Hoso-o, the Kamiyasse and the Kurosawa Formations in ascending
order. The transition in the sedimentary environment began with an upper slope to
outer shelf depositional setting that was associated with a river system and thus
deposited abundant botanic remains in the Hoso-o Formation. By contrast, the
sediments of the overlying Kamiyasse Formation, the base of which is roughly
equivalent to the base of the Capitanian, originated from complex depositional sources
in the context of fault-related tectonic basins. This is likely due to volcano-tectonic
activations in this period, considering the reliable evidence for tuffaceous sand layers.
Brecciated reef corals and cemented brachiopods were derived as talus deposits,
suggesting a presence of shallower hard substrate environment nearby. This unique
depositional setting resulted in the seemingly "mixed fauna associated with this
formation. The depositional environment of the overlying Kurosawa Formation is
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similar to that of the Hoso-o Formation, but with many fewer, monotonous biotic
remains. Of these, brachiopod Spiriferella sp. is suggestive of the cool and swift water
environment (e.g., Shiino and Angiolmi, 2014). Its exclusive occurrence at the basal
part of the formation may lead to a hypothesis of prompting the inflow of cool water
upwelling onto the onshore area as a consequence of tectonic activations.
Transgression of the sea level may also facilitate the generation of cool water inflow.
Such an inflow of cool water could damage benthic organisms, and we interpreted this
as a likely scenario for the Guadalupian extinction. A comparatively thick sandstone
layer with rhythmical laminations at the base of the Kurosawa Formation may
represent such a cool and swift water inflow into the basin.
The lines of evidence presented here may imply that volcano-tectonic activations
have brought a wide variety of habitats for benthic animals, resulting in the Middle
Permian diversification prior to the Guadalupian extinction. In turn, a new tectonic
setting with the aid of transgression caused the inflow of cool and swift water to the
basin, the event that enables to wipe out the benthic animals in the Southern Kitakami
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